Rick Ames AIA | Next Phase Studios
Robert Matthew Noblett AIA NCARB | Behnisch Architekten
Ellen Watts AIA | Architerra
Rick Ames AIA | Principal
Next Phase Studios
Robert Matthew Noblett leads the Boston office and North American practice of Behnisch Architekten. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has applied his expertise in sustainability and design excellence to a broad range of typologies including academic and institutional projects, convention centers, and laboratory design. His most notable projects include the LEED Platinum John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore School of Law, which has won 14 awards including the prestigious AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) award; the Harvard Allston Science Complex, a high-tech laboratory research complex; the renovation of Baltimore’s Langsdale Library; and the School of Business Administration at Portland State University.
Noblett currently lectures around the world on sustainable architecture and design excellence. In addition to being appointed the 2011 Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic at the Boston Architectural Center, he has lectured at the University of Syracuse, Wentworth Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, University of Pennsylvania, Mass College of Art, University of Oklahoma, Northeastern University, and Boston University. He delivered keynote speeches at the 2010 5th International Congress of Architecture, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; the 2012 AIA Iowa Convention, and the 2014 Greenbuild Toronto conference. In 2010, he lectured at Innovation NYC, and the year before, at the BSA Placemaking Forum.
Ellen Watts AIA | Principal
Ellen Watts, co-founder and principal of Architerra in Boston, is an architect and planner whose mission-driven practice focuses on net zero and advanced high performance buildings, resilient urban design and sustainable campus plans for which the firm has been recognized by 24 design awards. Ellen served as principal-in-charge and co-designer for two AIA/COTE Top 10 Ten Green Buildings – the Gateway Center at SUNY-ESF and Garthwaite Center at Cambridge School of Weston – as well as the Boston Public Market, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, and Wind Technology Testing Center, among other projects. Ellen co-chaired the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Zero Net Energy Buildings, co-authored “Getting to Zero,” and co-produced Architerra’s winning vision for the Boston Living with Water international ideas competition.